Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Dame Diana Rigg

Okay, so I am a little torn. Yes, she is an acclaimed actress, winning a Tony for Medea (ugh, sooo dark), and an Emmy for a British television remake of Rebecca (it has Charles Dance and Faye Dunaway, too, interesting).

But she's Emma Peel. Emma Peel.



In a lesson we learned recently from Ginger Rogers, Rigg as Emma Peel had to be as smart and capable as Patrick McNee's Sneed, but she ALSO had to do it in a skin-tight jumpsuit. I'm not saying Patrick McNee couldn't have pulled it off, I'm just saying he never had to.

Rigg was also a Bond girl, but it was that one George Lazenby movie, so does that even count? Here's a scene where Emma Peel is threatened by a ventriloquist dummy (or something).

I don't know if there is a Jumpsuit Hall of Fame (and if not, I know what I'm doing on my vacation next month), but clearly she should be in it.

Dame Diana Rigg, jumpsuit excellence and more.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

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